Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Wild Animal Safari

These pictures posted out of order. Most are from the zoo/safari, the ones of them in capes are from today at home playing "Incredibles"













I had to come to my local Krystal to get a high speed connection to upload some videos. Yesterday we went to Pine Mountain GA where they have a wild animal safari. You can rent a van and drive through a pretty big area where elk, deer, zebra, emus, ostrich, buffalo, water buffaloes, giraffes (although we didn't see those) and a few other animals come up to the car and you can feed them through the windows. It was pretty neat. They also have a smaller zoo area with animals that wouldn't do so well just walking around with all those other animals like bears, Ligers, tigers, wolves, lions, and some others. Joseph and Holly loved it. I forgot to bring the Easter pictures and videos, so they will have to wait for later.


Joseph is doing well and is keeping very busy seeing all his friends and going to all his favorite parks and playgrounds. We have been to Bouncing Bob's like five times in the past week (that's a giant indoor area full of the moonwalk bouncy things). He has done much better taking his medicine in the past few days, so hopefully he has adjusted to taking it everyday. His hair has continued to fall out as you can see on the video, but I think it's slowing finally.

We are enjoying our last few weeks in Atlanta seeing all our friends and having fun as a family. Thank you to everyone for your continued prayers. Gillian and I are definitely needing them too as despair and feelings of hopelessness are always lurking nearby. Thank you for posting all your comments as well, they continue to be extremely encouraging. Oh and to answer some of you, no, I am not going to open an illegal medical clinic, I guess the sarcasm didn't translate well.


I'll try to post the easter pictures soon, but enjoy the videos from the safari, sorry they're kind of all the same.




43 comments:

The Slotkins' said...

Looks like fun!! thanks for keeping up the blog. We love seeing the photos and watching the videos. Joseph is a walking miracle and we are claiming that it will continue for many many years to come.
Love, Logan, BJ and Beth

matt b said...

brilliant. i'm sure that reminds you of driving through downtown Memphis, only replace the animals with bums and vagabonds.


still missing you guys...
batmar

Jean Joiner said...

looks like the safari was a hit! we'll be praying for those times of doubt and uncertainty that creep in. love you guys,
jean

Anonymous said...

Loved the pictures! Wow, how fun driving around all those animals. Glad you all are having wonderful days.
Love, Mimi and Big Daddy

Ashley said...

I love the way you said "Oh, that one's Steve" without missing a beat! :) That emu was kind of scary looking - like it might peck right through the window! Many people in Dominica continue to pray! I'm going to be in the U.S. for a whole month in April and I hope to see all the Peabodys. :)

Allen & Gillian said...

Ashley, they were scary. I was scared at the beginning before I realized that my window should only be halfway down and zebras and elk were sticking their faces inside the car. Joseph was a little scared; he didn't venture too close to the window, but Holly was quite fearless. An aggressive ostrich just barely missed a meal full of her fingers.

susan and brian said...

Changes can be difficult but with your wonderful families they will be great. Loved seeing your pikkies - such great fun ones. Thinking of you often and wishing you good times all the time.

Anonymous said...

I especially liked how quickly you named the deer "Steve!" How funny!
Praying for all of you to experience the Peace that passes all understanding daily. We love you!
Mel and Steve

Anonymous said...

What beautiful children!! Wish we could get a hug from you all. Everyone is still with you in daily prayers. The safari kinda looks like Noah's arc. I think we would like it too. Love, Karl and Martha

Anonymous said...

We might have nightmares from the animals getting in the windows of the van. Good to see "Uncle Steve" on the video! We can't imagine all the differnt emotions you are going through. Please know all day long you are in our prayers. We love you. vann & norma

Ashley said...

I think that Dad meant to say Noah's ARK :)

Jody (atlanta) said...

Looks like tons of fun. SOO GREAT Seeing Gill and kids at park today. We will do it tons more before you leave. Your kids are just adorable and we praying for you always and know the fear and hopelessness is bound to creep in. Hang in there and know that god and your family and friends are always in your hearts and sending you a million hugs and smiles. I am here for you always. I agree with Beth that Joseph is walking miracle and I believe he will continue to be that miracle and brightness for us all for many many years to come. LOVE YOU ALL! Jody

Nana said...

FOR ALL OF YOU BLOGGERS THAT BELIEVE aLLEN THAT HE IS NOT OPENING AN UNDERGROUND ILLEGAL MEDICAL PRACTICE..DONT BELIEVE HIM GO TO WWW.PEABODYSMEDICAL PRACTICE.BLOGSPOT.COM.THE VIDEO AND PICTURES ARE GREAT.I AGREE WITH BETH AND BJ.JOE P. IS A WALKING MIRACLE AND I AM CLAIMING THAT TOO.ON EASRER MORNING SCOTT READ THESE WORDS FROM ROMANS 5;1-6"SINCE WE HAVE BEEN MADE RIGHT WITH GOD BY OUR FAITH,WE HAVE PEACE WITH GOD.THIS HAPPENED THROUGH OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST,WHO HAS BROUGHT US INTO THAT BLESSING OF GOD'S GRACE THAT WE NOW ENJOY.AND WE ARE HAPPY BECAUSE OF THE HOPE WE HAVE OF SHARING GOD' GLORY.WE ALSO HAVE JOY IN OUR TROUBLES, BECAUSE WE KNOW THAT THESE TROUBLES PRODUCE PATIENCE.AND PATIENCE PRODUCES CHARACTER AND CHARACTER PRODUCES HOPE.AND THIS HOPE WILL NEVER DISAPPOINT US,BECAUSE GOD HAS POURED OUT HIS LOVE TO FILL OUR HEARTS.HE GAVE US HIS LOVE THROUGH THE HOLY SPIRIT, WHOM GOD HAS GIVEN TO US" MAY THE GOD OF HOPE FILL YOUR HEARTS WITH PEACE.WE LOVE YOU ALL VERY DEARLY AND MISS YOU VERY MUCH.LOTS OF LOVE AND HUGS AND KISSES NANA GRANDAD AND DAVEY..SLEEP SOUND IN JESUS

Dee Dee said...

Praying for your beautiful son, and for all of you.

Sara Wade said...

We are really going to miss you guys in Atlanta, but I am so encouraged by God's faithfulness in opening up this opportunity to move closer to your families. We continue to pray for you guys.

Love,
Sara and Rob

Lynn T said...

I love the pictures and video! I love seeing them in their capes. We miss you all a lot. I am praying for peace for you both.

Lots of love, Lynn

Anonymous said...

a wild animal safari...what an adventure! what great parents you both are. holly and joe look so happy in the pictures. great to see all those smiles. praying for a wonderful weekend full of peace and free from worry.
love and blessings,
erin and dave

Wrights said...

Just wanted to say that we continue to pray for your family every day. We are praying especially for your upcoming transitions and that the Lord would grant you true peace and that you would be able to fully enjoy your sweet children and each other free from worry.
Love,
Nathaniel, Rebekah, Anna Walton and Olivia

Anonymous said...

The Liger is pretty much my favorite animal ever....it's bred for its skills in magic.

-Ange

Anonymous said...

Allen - I wanted to tell you that I check your blog regularly to see the progress that Joseph is making. You and your wife are truly inspiring to listen to - the grace and faith you demonstrate in the face of many heartaches, hardships, and frustrations is amazing. Good luck to you all in your transition to Tennessee. It will be a blessing to have your families close to help support, love, and nurture your kids! Don't ever second guess your decision to spend time with your son - love him and enjoy every second of that precious personality of his - what a true gift it is to be a parent and to experience the unconditional love of a child. I will continue to pray for Joseph that he may experience joy, happiness, and love. I will also continue to pray for you and your wife that you may experience a sense of peace, that your spirits may be renewed with each rising sun, and that you may continue to rely on God's neverfailing plan in your lives. Love one another fully and communicate these feelings to each other.
With continued love and prayers - Erin (Chaney), Thomas, and Owen Cabell

Uncle Dave said...

Hello Peabodys,
The pictures and video are awesome. It was good to see that you kept Holly from jumping out the window. I can't wait for you guys to move to Nashville!

Uncle Dave

PS
I may need to take a visit to the underground practice. I have a very controversial pain in my stomach.

lizzi said...

Dang! Ange took my comment about the Liger....

It's still pretty much my favorite animal.

-lizzi

Anonymous said...

I want to share with you the words to a hymn that God used to comfort and encourage me in a difficult time. The hymn's title is "In Heavenly Love Abiding" and it is sung to the same tune as the "The Church's One Foundation".

In heav'nly love abiding, no change my heart shall fear;
And safe is such confiding, for nothing changes here.
The storms may roar without me, my heart may low be laid,
But God is round about me, and can I be dismayed?

Wherever He may guide me, no want shall turn me back;
My shepherd is beside me, and nothing can I lack.
His wisdom ever waketh, His sight is never dim;
He knows the way He taketh, and I will walk with Him.

Green pastures are before me, which yet I have not seen;
Bright skies will soon be o'er me, where the dark clouds have been.
My hope I cannot measure; my path to life is free;
My Saviour has my treasure, and He will walk with me.


My family and I will continue to pray for Joseph's healing, for you to be comforted and encouraged, and for a smooth transition to Nashville.

Cindy Bowers

Margaret said...

I got beaten to it twice...
"It's a liger- it's like the best I've ever done".
Dudes- you all have Skills!
Allen, I swear I won't tell anyone if you write me scripts for Ambien.

We loved seeing you at the park!! I've got to work on my teleporting skills to see you in TN.

Christy said...

That place looks awesome! And, yes, Emu's are totally scary. And so are geese. One bit my mother in the stomach when I was in high school - one of the funniest moments in my life (she was fine and tried to beat it to death with her pocketbook).

I want a cape.

Sam said...

Gill, Al, Joe and Holly,

Missing you all very much here in Oxford. Joe P, after brain surgery, there is no need to be afraid of an emu, especially since you and your uncle sam used to wrestle them at nana and granddad's. I am still praying for full healing and rest in Jesus.

-sambo

Nana said...

Sambo you should'nt be broadcasting on the blog about our emu's. Its supposed to be a secret like Daddy Bear Peabody's underground medical practice..Margaret forget about the "ambien" scripts....its the "baby ambien" scripts that the underground practice is specializing in especially for newborns and any kids that are teething.I think I gave out the wrong blog address the other night!!the correct one is " www. Daddy Bear Peabody's.underground medical practice.blogspot.com". We are all very happy that life is good in Atlanta and that Holly Bear and Joseph Bear are being good little bears for Mommy Bear and Daddy Bear!!We love you all tons and tons and miss you a lot.Sleep sound in Jesus.1st.Peter 2:9 says "You are a chosen generation,a royal priesthood, a holy nation,His own special people that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into his marvellous light" This is the scripture I have in the kitchen beside the 5 of your names......Lots of love and kisses Nana Grandad and Davey

Sarah Norsworthy said...

love the pics and videos! still praying for you guys... hope the move to nashville is as smooth as possible. love, sarah

Nana said...

Goodnight dont let the bed bugs bite.Sleep sound in Jesus.We love you all lots and lots.gotta go and wrestle those Emus...Love Nanna Grandad and Davey

Courtney said...

I love keeping up with y'all, and I'm glad to read that you've been enjoying your time in Atlanta. I can imagine that leaving with be bittersweet. I appreciate your and Gillian's honesty through all this. Remember that even your despair and hopelessness bring glory to God. My prayers are with you all through this strange and difficult trial.

-Courtney S. in Memphis

Anonymous said...

My dear sweet one,
I hope that you feel loved.
That my love would penetrate your soul
That it would be a healing comfort
That it could make you feel truly special
Do you know I love you?
Is my love enough?
Enough to make you feel at peace?
Enough to make you feel protected?
Enough to make you feel unscathed?
As I hold you, please feel loved.
Let it penetrate your heart.
Let my love shout ever so loudly.
Let my love make you feel whole.
Let my love help you know you are o.k.
Is my love enough, if the world has nothing left to offer?
If your health fails?
If your body fails you?
Oh please, Lord, let my love be enough.

Nana said...

Joe.P you just sound more grown up all the time!!I know cousin Eli and Sarah-Jane are pumped to go and see you tomorrow.Dont forget to ask Eli if he has a girlfriend??ok.I think her name is Allie!!We love you all very dearly and miss you tons and tons.I am glad you are sleeping wellJoe.P.Keep it up Lots of love and Kisses to Sally and Sheriff and Mac ..love from Nana grandad and davey S.J.Eli bella-claire and Deacon

Anonymous said...

The other two videos are up and running on my computer now! Loved them! Especially the Incredible Foot!! Thanks for reposting them or whatever you did to make them run. I keep playing them over and over.
You are constantly on my mind and in my prayers.
Love, Mimi

Anonymous said...

Gillian, You all are always in my prayers and I am so thankful to be neighbors so soon!! Holly looks a lot like Claire! I am here for help at any time and I can't wait! love to you all, Pamela

Chloe said...

see my comment in the "future" post. was laughing so much at the birth of the supershoe that i posted into the wrong message. great to see all the pictures and videos. talk soon. love chloe. ps. is there anywhere i can get my hands on an incredible cape, or do i just call on joe when I need Incredible Help??! XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX

Anonymous said...

sitting here in my hotel on a business trip and laughed out loud at those videos. my fav: Joe "What's that one name?"
Dad: "That's Steve"

Too funny. I hope you guys are well and the move is smooth. Take care.
-Eugene Shim

Nana said...

Goodnight All!!Dont work too hard getting packed use garbage bags for all soft items including toys.Sj and Eli ran out of gas on the 65 outside Franlin...........remember I did the same Lynn came to the rescue!!We love you lots and lots.Sleep sound in Jesus.
Love from Nanna, gdad, sj, dave, and the kiddos

Anonymous said...

praying for joseph and your entire family in winnetka, illinois.

Margaret said...

SJ-
Great to see you in Atl. Next time I want dinner in Fan-cee Franklin. Can't believe you ran out of gas!! You are so funny.

Nana said...

6 days and counting.I'm hyper again now I know where S.J. gets it ..at least I dont like going to Walmart at midnight!!!Sleep tight dont let the bed bugs bite.Lightening Macqueen..dont sneak out to the cone motel with Holly Bear at least dont tell Sheriff and Sally if you do decide to go.They may worry.When you come to Nashville you can sneak out anytime I'll cover for you.Sleep sound in Jesus..we love Y'all tons and tons and miss you a lot..love from Nana aka Guido Gdad and Davey

Nana said...

5 days and counting ..yoo hoo....I guess Im hyper again..Icant wait Icant wait..I cant wait..We love you all dearly and miss you even more."This is the Day the Lord has made let us rejoice and be glad in it"Sleep sound in Jesus..lots of love and hugs and kisses Nana G dad and Dave

sj said...

hey...miss chatting, so I thought I would right on here. Iwas talking to Mom earlier and I kept saying Hoseph and Jolly....hmmmm Mom said I was sounding more and more like her every day......ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh.
so..hope you are making headway packing. Eli wanted to know if he was on the blog yet???? I guess since Bella made it. I told him you hadn't updated it, but I was sure they would have a pic of him at some point...no pressure.
love you and thinking of you doing all the packing.
sj

Jaime said...

We were so upset that we could not make the party. Liam had a fever and had been vomiting. I want to get a letter in the mail to you, Gillian as your family has become so dear to us. You are all in my prayers and thoughts every single day! Much love, Jaime.